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Why Do you Need GFCI Outlets?

on March 17, 2017

This article is an expansion on concepts covered in What is a GFCI? from November 2015. Your home comes with lots of different safety devices.  Smoke and CO alarms keep you safe from house fires.  Surge protectors protect the devices in your home from being damaged during electrical storms or power surges.  Your electrical panel […]

Halloween Electrical Safety

on October 28, 2016

Decorations, tricks, and traps are already on our streets. Halloween is upon us once again this year.  Frights and thrills are the selection for the season, but there’s no reason to risk actual life and limb for a simple thrill.  Remember to stay safe when you’re setting up and while scaring passersby. Fire Safety Costumes […]

Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety

on May 20, 2016

When it comes to electrical safety, there is nothing more common when it comes to danger than the overuse of the humble electrical extension cord.  These devices are extremely useful, extending the range of tools and electrical equipment without needing additional infrastructure.  Unfortunately, most homes abuse extension cords without regard to their physical limits and […]

How to Babyproof Your Home

Babyproofing Your Home

on April 29, 2016

In our lives, we own or build two different kinds of households.  One is the building we live in, with its lights, climate controls, and walls that secure us from weather and any potential dangers.  The second is in our families, a household of life.  There are many challenges we face each and every day […]

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Christmas Light Safety Guide

on December 4, 2015

Sometimes it feels like we’re just sprinting from one holiday season to the next.  With the change in season comes the change in housing décor.  Even if you don’t decorate for the rest of the year, Christmas lights are broken out in the winter by almost everyone.  Unfortunately, string lights and decorating for Christmas are […]

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What’s the Difference Between Low and High Voltage?

on November 6, 2015

Whether you’ve seen it on fixtures, wires, or electrical panels, you’ve probably run across low and high voltage warnings.  What’s the difference and how do you know which is better for use?  The answers are actually rather simple. Official Difference The difference in electrical potential between source and sink, or voltage as it’s more commonly […]

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Electric Heaters and Winter Safety

on October 21, 2015

There’s always that one room in the home which just won’t heat properly.  The typical answer is, of course, an electric space heater.  Space heaters are inexpensive, portable, and provide instant heat where you want it.   An electric heater is usually a more efficient way to supply heat when you only need to warm […]

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10 Electrical Safety Tips | Fire Prevention Week

on October 4, 2015

Today marks Day 1 of NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, which is why we are focusing on electrical fire safety this week. Knowing the basics of your electrical system and where the most common safety hazards are is important for preventing home fires. All it takes is one mistake or oversight to cause an electrical […]

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Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters | AFCI FAQ

on September 25, 2015

Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are two common electrical safety protection devices. Each of them are extremely important to have in your home, however, they serve different and distinct purposes. Whereas GFCIs protect you from electrical shocks, AFCIs protect you from electrical fires. This week we are focusing on […]